Homemade White Bread

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 1 hour 55 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 2 hours 20 minutes

When it comes to homemade bread, this is (hands down) the BEST homemade white bread recipe I have ever tasted!

The Best Homemade White Bread - It Is a Keeper

There is nothing yummier than fresh white bread straight from the oven, when it is still warm and then butter just melts right into it.

The Best Homemade White Bread - It Is a Keeper

Whenever I tell people that I make homemade bread from scratch they are always amazed and the first question out of their mouths is ALWAYS “Isn’t it hard to make bread?”

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Truthfully, the answer is no…it really is quite easy to make when you have a stand mixer to do all the hard work for you!  The hardest part is trying to keep myself from eating an entire loaf of warm bread myself!Simple White Bread Recipe--dough rising

Over the past few years I have perfected my Simple White Bread Recipe and it always gets raves when I make it, both from my family and when I share it with others (right Christina??).

Can you live on bread alone (I sure can!)?  Leave a comment and let me know.


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5 from 1 vote

Simple White Bread Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep: 1 hour 55 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 2 hours 20 minutes
This Simple White Bread Recipe is easy to make and tastes great! The hardest part is not eating the entire loaf yourself!
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  • 6-7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups very warm water, 120° to 130°F
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In stand mixer, stir 3 1/2 cups of the flour, the sugar, salt, shortening and yeast until well mixed. Slowly add warm water and beat with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently.
  • Increase mixer speed to medium speed for 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently.
  • Add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, to make dough easy to handle. Continue to mix dough using dough hook on mixer until dough becomes springy and doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl.
  • (At this point the dough should not stick to your fingers when you touch it, it would have the same feel as playdoh)
  • Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap and a kitchen hand towel and let rise in warm place 40 to 60 minutes or until dough has doubled in size. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
  • Gently push fist into dough to deflate. Divide dough in half and stretch a few times to shape into a ball with the smooth side up.
  • Place each half in a lightly greased bread pan and brush with olive oil on top. Cover with plastic wrap and kitchen towel and let rise in warm place 35 to 50 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Once dough has risen preheat oven to 425°F. When oven is hot, place both loaves in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until loaves are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, brush tops with melted butter, and allow to cool slightly.
  • Slice while warm and enjoy!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, yeast

2 thoughts on “Homemade White Bread”

  1. I make bread with a very similar recipe. How do you keep your bread fresh? Mine started drying out after a couple of days. I had put it in a plastic bread bag thinking this would help, but it seemed to make it worse. Any ideas?


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